When leaders say, "Just trust me" it assumes that trusting is the responsibility of the follower. Team members are called upon to respect leaders, but trust is earned by the leader.
The dictionary definition connects trust to a companion word: worthy. A trusted leader is one who is worthy of another's belief in their reliability, honesty, integrity, and character. Trust is the result of how a person is perceived by others based on the consistency of their words and actions.
Trust has more to do with the little details of everyday life than the major ethical crossroads that have obvious and visible results. It takes time to build trust through the routine ways of responding to the opportunities and the obstacles of each day. Trust can be destroyed in a moment through one careless comment or action.
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